DRC Activist Awarded Humanitarian Prize

Julienne Lusenge, the founder of multiple organizations working to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was awarded the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity on Oct. 9, 2021.

Standing in Solidarity and Getting Support to Women & Girls in Afghanistan

If you wish to show #SolidaritywithAfghanWomen and to #StandwithAfghanWomen, consider getting direct support to them as well as signing on to various advocacy efforts pushing to ensure a swift passage to safety for them. Several Channel Foundation grantee partners are led by Afghan women and/or have been working in Afghanistan for years.

Bonnie Jenkins, WCAPS Founder, Confirmed as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs

On July 21, 2021, the US Senate confirmed Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and former Executive Director of Channel grantee partner Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

President Biden Appoints OutRight’s Jessica Stern as Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights

On June 25, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his appointment of Jessica Stern, the Executive Director of Channel grantee partner OutRight Action International (OutRight), to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State.

“Time To Decolonize Aid”: WCAPS Contributes to New Report

A powerful new report, “Time to Decolonize Aid,” which calls on international aid organizations to decolonize aid and tackle structural racism head-on was launched on May 10, 2021.  Channel grantee partner, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS),  joined with Peace Direct, African Development Solutions (Adeso), and the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) in November 2020 to host a global online consultation as research for the newly published report.

World Pulse Publishes Visionary #SheTransformsTech Report

World Pulse, a long-time Channel grantee partner, published an in-depth collection of data-driven insights, personal narratives, and visionary solutions in the #SheTransformsTech report (April 2021).

Merging Women’s Rights and Disability Rights Movements

Channel grantee partner Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and global women’s rights organization MADRE released a Practice Note in March 2021 titled, Merging Movements: Supporting Inclusive Women’s Rights Work through Innovative Partnerships, which traces their efforts on merging women’s rights and disability rights movements through an innovative two-year partnership.

Vida Afrolatina Announces Inaugural Black and Afro-Descendant Led Grantees

On March 8, International Women’s Day, 2021, Vida Afrolatina, Channel Foundation’s newest grantee partner, announced the first four grantees of their pilot grant cycle.

Channel Partners Help Secure Legal Abortion in Argentina

On Dec 30, 2020, Argentina legalized free and safe abortion in a landmark win for reproductive justice activists including several Channel grantee partners inroads, RESURJ and FRIDA.  Former Channel grantee partner Ipas was also involved in the effort. This victory is the culmination of decades of feminist movement building.

New Report Out on a Peace-First Approach to Resolving the Korean Crisis

In February 2021, a new report, Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War (PDF), released by Korea Peace Now! — a global coalition of women’s peace organizations — and co-written by Christine Ahn, co-founder of Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), explores how a peace-first approach can resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Leading from the South Initiative Receives 5 New Years of Funding from Dutch Government

The Leading from the South (LFS) initiative, developed collaboratively between Channel grantee partner the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (FMS) and Women’s Fund Asia (WFA), has received five additional years of funding from the Dutch government.

WCDMZ’s Christine Ahn Announced Winner of 2020 US Peace Prize

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation unanimously voted to award the 2020 US Peace Prize to Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) Co-Founder, Christine Ahn, for her “bold activism to end the Korean War, heal its wounds, and promote women’s roles in building peace.”

New Feminist Peace Initiative Calls for Movement-Driven US Foreign Policy Framework

Channel grantee partner, Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), recently announced a new Feminist Peace Initiative in partnership with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and MADRE. The Initiative dramatically reimagines US foreign policy by building on intersectional feminist principles such as collective care, reparations, right relationship with people and the planet, and accountability.

World Pulse Member Receives Prestigious Holman Prize

Tiffany Brar, a member and vocal contributor to Channel grantee partner World Pulse’s online digital community, received the prestigious Holman Prize in 2020.  Brar is the first Indian to receive the award.

Sur Journal Celebrates Human Rights Defenders

Longtime Channel Brazilian grantee partner Conectas launched the landmark 30th issue of its Sur International Journal of Human Rights in August 2020. The objective of Sur 30 is to look at human rights defenders from a different perspective – to celebrate defenders’ victories (and not the extreme challenges they face) by focusing on their lives and the paths they have taken.

Front Line Defenders Launches Monthly Digital Comic ‘Zine

In July 2020, Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) launched Cypher (@cypher_comics on Instagram), a digital comics magazine that advances the organization’s storytelling and narrative framing work in collaboration with and in support of HRDs. Working with artists from around the world, including the award-winning visual storyteller, Beldan Sezen, as creative director, the ’zine is a monthly publication featuring stories of HRDs, their work and the challenges they face.

New Report Out on State of LBQ Movements

Channel grantee partner Mama Cash and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice launched a new report titled Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements on June 23, 2020 which showcases LBQ activists’ work and their current lack of resources, making a powerful case for why greater and more effective funding is needed.

Feminist Foreign Policy in the US Initiative Launched

On May 21, 2020, a groundbreaking new report, “Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States,” was launched by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) alongside more than 50 leading humanitarian, foreign policy, and women’s rights groups including Channel grantee partners Global Fund for Women (GFW), the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) who endorsed the effort to provide a collective vision for a feminist foreign policy.

Cultural Survival Responds to COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

On June 18, 2020, Channel grantee partner Cultural Survival launched a mapping project (see map below) to document and disseminate data that illustrates the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and communities as part their broader effort to respond to the growing crisis with a holistic, multi-layered approach.

OutRight Launches COVID-19 Response

Channel new grantee OutRight Action International is responding quickly to COVID-19 and has launched a new emergency fund and a new report on the particular vulnerabilities of LGBTIQ people during the coronavirus crisis.

GFW Fundamental Docu-series Now Streaming

Channel grantee partner, Global Fund for Women (GFW) and two-time academy award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy partnered to create Fundamental–-a documentary film series about feminist grassroots movements and community leaders across the world.

Mary Lawlor Appointed UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs

On March 12th, 2020, Mary Lawlor, the founder of long-time Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

Our Rights, Our Safety Toolkit for Defenders Launched

Channel grantee Just Associates (JASS) launched a new 5-module toolkit for women activists and defenders everywhere: Our Rights, Our Safety: Resources for Women Human Rights Defenders. 

Communications Revolution in Human Rights

Channel grantee partner, the Fund for Global Human Rights, in collaboration with JustLabs, published a new learning paper on narrative strategies for human rights funders, activists and civil society.

Abortion Decriminalized in Oaxaca

On September 25th, 2019, abortion was decriminalized in the state of Oaxaca following an intense period of campaigning. Channel grantee partner, Consorcio Oaxaca, played a key role in the process by working at the forefront of the pro-choice movement alongside other feminist women’s organizations, establishing alliances with women senators, and much more.

WLW’s Historic Win In Colombia

In a groundbreaking case, Channel grantee partner, Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), successfully advocated on behalf of their client Helena* in Colombia. During the armed conflict in Colombia, the FARC guerrilla group recruited 14-year-old Helena and forced her to use contraceptives and to have an abortion in inhumane conditions. “You can’t have kids here,” they told Helena.

AWID releases “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem”

Channel grantee partner, Association For Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), published their new report, “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem.” The report explores what it would take to create a world where feminist movements were abundantly resourced.

WRC Receives Disability Inclusion Award

On June 12th, 2019, Channel grantee partner, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) received InterAction’s 2019 Disability Inclusion Award. Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States.

“1 in 5” Women with Disabilities Transforming Movements Report

On June 25th, 2019 Disability Rights Fund (DRF) released their “1 in 5” report which features women with disabilities sharing the impact DRF’s funding has had on them. Highlighted in the report is the fact that one in five women are women with disabilities and how these women are leading the way towards inclusive disability and women’s rights movements, around the world.

New ILO Convention on Ending GBV in World of Work Adopted

On June 21, 2019 in Geneva, the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a landmark international agreement banning gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace. According to the new labor standard, violence and harassment at work “constitute a human rights violation or abuse.” The Convention is the ILO’s first legally binding international instrument since 2011.

First Ever Global Study on Mental Health and Well-Being of Advocates Released

Channel grantee partners FRIDA and AWID, as well as The Defensoras, are three of five case studies featured in From a “Culture of Unwellness” to Sustainable Advocacy: Organizational Responses to Mental Health Risks in the Human Rights Field. The first of its kind global study, based on interviews with advocates at 70 organizations from 35 countries and dozens of experts, mapped how human rights organizations are responding to the mental health and well-being needs of advocates.

2019 Women, Peace and Security Report Released

In June 2019, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released a report on Women, Peace and Security. The report is a culmination of crowdsourced stories, experiences, and expertise of women across the world that are democratizing peacebuilding and security efforts.

Astraea Launches Top Ten Feminist Funding Principles

On May 17th, 2019 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced the release of their top ten Feminist Funding Principles. The principles share what Astraea has learned over the last four decades about what it takes to support activists on the front lines to make enduring social change.

New Equality Fund to Mobilize Unprecedented Funds

On June 2nd, 2019 the Canadian government announced a $300 million multi-year award partnership with The Equality Fund.

New Women’s Funding Landscape Study

On May 14th, 2019 the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released Women’s Foundations and Funds: a Landscape Study, the first of its kind in 10 years, with updated data and expanded scope looking at the world of women’s philanthropy.

Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War Campaign Launch

On March 14th, 2019, Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) officially launched the Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War campaign to end the war on the Korean Peninsula.

FIMI’s Joan Carling Recieves Champions of the Earth Award

On September 26, 2018, Joan Carling, a member of the Board of Channel grantee the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (or FIMI), has been awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award for her lifetime achievements defending the environment and indigenous rights. This award is the UN’s highest environmental honor. 

New Online Collective Security Resource

In recent years, “repression and violence against human rights defenders have escalated and space for civil society has ‘closed.’ Activists and organizations around the world have worked hard to respond. But faced with worsening conditions, many of us are questioning assumptions and rethinking the adequacy of our approaches.”

Radical Hope Fund Award

Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, in collaboration with Nobel Women’s Initiative were chosen out of 1,000 applications by the NoVo Foundation to receive funding from their new Radical Hope Fund.

Our Voices, Our Environment Call to Action

Meerim Ilyas and Nathalie Margi of Channel grantee partner Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) contribute to a powerful new report published by Global Greengrants Fund, Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA).

Pioneering Toolkit for Women with Disabilities

On March 14, 2018 as a part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Channel grantee Women Enabled International (WEI) officially launched their accountABILITY Toolkit.

Mobile App Connects Women Around the World

Just in time for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released their first mobile app along with a newly redesigned website.

Spotlight on Two Activist Founders

Women in Foreign Policy recently spotlighted two remarkable founders of Channel grantee partners in their online series on women with disabilities working in a variety of international fields.

‘Reclaiming Civic Space’ New Edition of Sur

On January 16th, 2018 Channel grantees Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) and Conectas Human Rights launched a collaborative production Sur 26: Reclaiming Civic Space, the 26th edition of Sur-International Journal on Human Rights.

New Young Feminist Resource Mobilization Toolkit

“What could take the impact of young feminist organizing to a whole new level?” FRIDA’s answer is: Money, AND the skills to mobilize it.

New Asia Pacific Fund for WHRDs Launches

Over one hundred women’s human rights advocates and donors gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct. 24, 2017 to celebrate the launch of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia & Pacific (UAF-AP), the newest sister fund

Chile Votes to Lift Total Abortion Ban

On August 21, 2017 Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country.  With this shift, Chile will no longer be considered one of the most restrictive countries

Ending ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Laws

Within weeks of each other in the summer of 2017, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia all closed legal loopholes allowing rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivor. It’s a huge victory for feminists in the region

Video Captures WILD Panama in Action

In March 2017 Mobility International USA (MIUSA) united 20 women with disabilities from 10 regions of Panama

Women Out Front: Indigenous Community Radio Workshop

Cultural Survival Quarterly profiles a March 2017 professional capacity building workshop they organized for indigenous women community radio broadcasters in Central America

We Rise Movement Toolkit Launched

Channel grantee partner JASS/Just Associates has launched a new online learning platform, We Rise: Movement Building Reimagined!

Supporting Inclusive Movements: Funding the Rights of Women with Disabilities

Leading advocates and women’s rights donors agree that much more can and needs to be done to include women with disabilities

New Report Documents Human Rights Abuses for Women in Artisanal Mining in DRC 

Channel grantee partner the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) launched a report on Oct. 20, 2016, 

Report Launched on the Status of Funding for Indigenous Women’s Groups

Three Channel partners – the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) –

GNWP Receives Livia Foundation 2016 Award of Honor 

The Livia Foundation granted the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) its 2016 Award, saying that, “GNWP promotes

Advocate Stephanie Ortoleva Named a Leader of the 21st Century

On May 2, 2016, President and Founder of Channel partner Women Enabled International,

First Ever Global Women’s Disability Rights Advocacy Report Released

On March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled International,

Indigenous Women Help Lead Launch of Central America Radio Network

Indigenous women community radio journalists from several Central American countries

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Wins 2015 WISE Prize for Education

In November 2015 Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of Channel grantee partner, the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), won the 2015 WISE Prize for Education,

The Better Peace Tool Launches 

In October 2015 Channel grantee partner the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) launched their Better Peace Tool,

Launch of Global Study on 1325 Implementation

In October 2015, a new independent Global Study on the Implementation of United National Security Council Resolution 1325,

Women Enabled International Launches First Mapping Project

In August 2015, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled international (WEI) launched a survey to help create a first-ever map and report of the field of advocates